Online Counseling for Stress & Anxiety
What can anxiety look like? Here are some descriptions my clients have used.
See if they resonate with you.
Afraid something bad is going to happen
Feeling nervous, on edge
Thinking the worst
Being forgetful or making simple mistakes due to nerves
Trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep
Having difficulty focusing or concentrating
Getting a dry mouth (at the worst times)
Mind racing, no "off" button
Difficulty concentrating, foggy head
Unable to enjoy the now, getting stuck in the past or worry about the future
Shallow breathing, heavy chest
Anxiety sucks. It can rob you of your peace, leaving you feeling like your mind will
never quiet down. Anxiety doesn't just affect the mind, it affects the body, too
which just seems plain unfair if you ask me.
When we feel stressed, anything can trigger anxiety - a change in plans, something new or different, someone's comment, a thought, a weird feeling, stuff...
Even thinking about being anxious can make you feel anxious. It can be a viscous circle.
Once we get overwhelmed, it seems like we only see the stuff that goes wrong,
never the stuff that goes right.
Eventually we may just feel like everything is too much to handle so we sit and stare with brains like cotton wool and don't know what to do or how to do it.
To make matters worse, people say "Why don't you just start?" But, we don't know how so days go by when nothing gets done and our To-Do list just continues to grow. Ahh!
Sometimes we try to make ourselves feel better by trying to control everything
(and sometimes everyone) around us. We think if we can avoid surprises
or changes in our life, we will be able to better cope.
If it all gets to be too much, we isolate, cancel plans, leave places early,
or don't even show up.
But, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms there is HOPE! I can help you break the conditioned worry and get you back to actually wanting to be alone with your thoughts because there won't be 10 million of them going on at once.
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If you are an introverted introvert and hate to talk on the phone (I totally get that),